The Dance of the Enchantress

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La Danse de l'enchanteresse

The Dance of the Enchantress

by Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Brigitte Chataignier

India, France


La Danse de l'enchanteresse

Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Brigitte Chataignier

Script: A. Gopalakrishnan, B. Chataigner, N. Buenaventura

Cinematographer: M.J. Radhakhrishnan

Editing: D. Dufriche, B. Ajithkumar

Cast: K. Satyabhama, S. Rajan, K. Kshemavathy, K. Leelamma, Keerthy Priya, K. Smitha Rajan, Dr Neena Prasad, Pallavi Krishnan, Sangueeta Gopi, Anitha Potti, Krishna Prya

Production: La Vie est belle, Films Associés

Les Films du Paradoxe
BP 47
92270 Bois Colombes
Tel: 0033

Year: 2008

35 mm, Colour, 75 min, 
OV Bengali with French Subtitles

This film takes us to the refined world of Mohini Attam, the classical dance form of Kerala in South India exclusively performed by women. One after the other, we follow several masters conveying their artistic tradition to their disciples, and a young girl whose feelings are reflected through dance, songs and music. Beyond life and the individual, what matters is to reach out to the universal and art. Beyond man is god; in the woman is the heroine…

“I wanted a film able to record the memory (even partial) of an art and a time in a country facing great mutation. I decided to work with Adoor Gopalakrishnan, a filmmaker from Kerala who is not only one of the great masters of Indian cinema today, but also a man who fully knows the traditional arts… At times, the camera even takes the very place of the disciple, his gesture and restraint, with movements of great gentleness. Under his eyes, contemplation comes out.” Brigitte Chataignier

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